This morning I prayed with a Sefaradi minyan in which were a few mourners. After Hazarat HaSha"Tz, they skipped Tahhanun and Uva LeTziyon.

I can imagine a justification for skipping Tahhanun; but, why do we skip Uva LeTziyon in the house of mourner?

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    Had the same question... I was told that its a minhag not halacha. Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 14:45

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A source for skipping a part of U'va L'tziyon in the house of a mourner is the Avudraham. Avudraham - in Seder Tfilas H'taniyos (end of page in this linked edition) says that similar to Tisha B'Av where we skip V'Ani Zos Brisi since we can not learn Torah then, the same should be done in the house of a mourner, since the mourner is forbidden to learn Torah.

וכן בבית האבל נהגו שלא לאומרו מפני שגם כן האבל אסור לקרות בתורה


This is not correct behaviour. The קיצור ש''ע ילקוט יוסף brings down in סימן כט - סדר התפלות בבית האבל that:

יז: כשהקהל מתפללים בבית האבל אומרים פסוקי ''ובא לציון'' בשביל הציבור המתפלל עמהם. וכל שכן כשמתפללים בבית האבל במנחה של שבת, שאין לדלג הפסוקים ''ואני זאת בריתי'' וכו', כדי שלא להראות אבילות בפרהסיא בשבת, ורק האבלים עצמם שמתפללים בלחש, ידלגו פסוקים אלה גם בשבת. [ילקו''י אבלות מהדורת תשמ''ט עמוד קטו, ובמהדורת תשס''ד סי' כט עמ' תסד. יביע אומר חלק ד' דף שכ. חיו''ד סי' לב אות ז]‏

Basically, they always say the entire Uva LeTziyon - even in a mourner's house. Only the mourners - praying quietly - skip the first two verses.

  • I don't see how this answers the question unless you can cite that this is the only valid opinion.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 16:21
  • It's not the correct behavior for Shabbat, but is acceptable on a weekday.
    – 147zcbm
    Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 20:07
  • @DoubleAA - Shulchan Aruch states to always so Uva Letzion. If some Sefardim had another custom, "Maran" would have mentioned it - and either approved or disapproved. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 8:07
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    @147zcbm - sources, please. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 8:09
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    @Lee - I think you should edit your question. Then I think I need to edit the answer (or delete it) Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 10:05

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